futuregirl craft blog

Alice Merlino (futuregirl) has a personal craft blog at futuregirl.com where she details her crafty exploits. Currently she’s focused on crochet and knitting. You can find several tutorials and free patterns for hand sewing and crochet on her site.

Mini Road Trips

For the last couple of summers, instead of taking one big summer vacation, once a month we rent a car for a long weekend and drive somewhere nearby. We have discovered so many amazing natural treasures within a day's drive of San Francisco.This month we went to Owen's Valley and saw Devil's Postpile, Panam Crater, Alabama Hills, and (on a whim?!) drove back home across the entire length of Yosemite. Seriously amazing ....more

Fractured Arms

Just in case you don't already know, this sweater's name if Fractured. :) I didn't want you to worry I'd hurt myself! One sleeve takes a little more than one skein of yarn ....more

Introducing the Lucky Wristlet

There is at least one of you who has been waiting over 7 years for this pattern to be published! There are many more of you that have emailed over the years asking fot this pattern. And now, here it is, the Lucky Wristlet, available as a free download ....more

Tutorial: Make a Ribbon Strap for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a ribbon strap for the Lucky Wristlet. The tutorial is broken down, step-by-step. Let me know if something isn't clear ....more

Tutorial: Make a Zippered Lining for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a zippered lining for the Lucky Wristlet. The tutorial shows, step-by-step how to make a zippered lining for the Lucky Wristlet. Let me know if something isn't clear ....more

Tutorial: Crochet a Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for crocheting my Lucky Wristlet pattern. The tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step. Let me know if something isn't crystal clear to you ....more

Making New Habits

I recently came across a bit of advice about forming new habits. I read that to successfully build a new habit you need to make it easy to incorporate into your life. Two ways to do that are:- do it right before or right after a current habit- give yourself a reason to look forward to the habitI've wanted to get up a little earlier each morning to give myself time to relax before jumping into the day, so I tried it out.(p.s. you're welcome .. ....more

Wristlet Pattern Coming

I have finished the photo shoots for the wristlet tutorials I need to accompany the pattern release. I've made a list of all the things I need to get done before I can post the pattern and the tutorials. As long as I stay on track, the pattern should be posted by the end of the month ....more

Fractured Progress

I've made quite a bit of progress on Fractured. I thought I had about 10 more rows of body to do before I do a ribbed edging, but it looks like I'm done-done with the body. But now, looking at these photos, I think I waited WAY too long to start the hip increases ....more

Mini Spirograph

I bought myself a new toy - a mini Spirograph set. I've already made several greeting cards with it. So incredibly fun!I'm also super lucky that my .38 mm pens from Muji work in the holes ....more